There are a lot of things that can be said about Donald Trump, but it’s undeniable that he’s been an absolutely polarizing figure in American politics. Even within his own party we’ve seen a definite split between those who enthusiastically support him, those who seem to back him only because he’s the Republican candidate and those who flat-out refuse to endorse someone who they’re embarrassed is the presidential candidate for their party.
Naturally, this has caused a bit of a “civil war” among some conservatives, especially in the media.
For instance, Fox News’ Sean Hannity has been having quite a few public clashes with fellow conservatives for their refusal to back Donald Trump. Most notably, a rather immature Twitter tirade he went on against Wall Street Journal columnist Bret Stevens for calling him “Fox News’ Dumbest anchor.”
What’s prompted some of the backlash thrown Hannity’s way is that many anti-Trump conservatives have accused him of becoming nothing more than a cheerleader for Trump. That’s a fairly accurate accusation considering he’s basically given up any attempt to make himself appear like a credible journalist to promote pro-Trump propaganda while pushing anti-Hillary Clinton conspiracies.
Well, with more and more conservatives beginning to speak out against Trump, it’s caused Hannity to throw several public hissy fits over what he seems to feel are people betraying their party to help Clinton get elected.
Though none of them come close to the epic meltdown he had on Tuesday where he criticized several high-profile conservatives such as Ohio Gov. John Kasich, Jeb Bush, Sen. Ted Cruz and Glenn Beck.
Here are some of the best excerpts posted by Business Insider:
So here’s what I say to all of you Never Trumpers — Glenn Beck, I hope you’re listening. You own Hillary Clinton’s Supreme Court appointments. You own it! You are doing everything you can do to cast doubt in people’s minds! Trump gave us a list. You own her Supreme Court nominees, you own her un-vetted refugees and the 550% increase she will bring into this country. You own the jobs that illegal immigrants will take from the 95 million Americans out of the labor force. You own Obamacare, which is a disaster for this country. You own education because she is beholden to the NEA [National Education Association]. And if we don’t improve the lives of 95 million Americans out of the labor force, I blame you for that, too!
Because you’re helping elect her. And I’m also saying that, hey, we have a $4,100 increase in healthcare payments since Obama has been president. It’s only going to go higher. You get responsibility for that, too! We have got 12 million more Americans on food stamps. If that increases, I’m going to blame you! We have 46 million total. Eight million more Americans living in poverty. Fifty million Americans in poverty. If that gets worse, I’m blaming you! You know, we have the worst home ownership in 51 years. If that gets worse, guess who I’m blaming? I’m blaming all of you!
Arrogant, stubborn, lying about what Trump has said and his record. Purposefully distorting, creating doubt, misperception — and you’re so obsessed, some of you with Trump, you don’t even go over how corrupt Hillary is! What a disaster Obama has been. And if we have 1 in 5 American families four years from now, still without a single family member working, I am blaming you. And if in four years from now we have 1 in 6 American men, 18 to 24, in jail or living in mommy’s basement, I’ll blame you. And if we continue to build up more debt than every other president combined like Obama did, well, that’s your debt! And that’s money you are helping to steal from our kids! And we have the lowest labor participation rate since the ’70s, well, I blame you for that!
And if we elect a president because you are so stubborn, arrogant, and stupid, that can’t say ‘radical Islam’ and can’t engage an enemy and identify it, that’s your fault as well! And if you help elect the single most corrupt person to ever seek the presidency, somebody who lies like she did, somebody who sold out her office for gain like she has, somebody who has failed on Iran and ISIS and radical Islam in general, and Iraq and Iran and Syria and North Africa and Libya, I’m blaming you!
I would fact check all the blatant lies and misinformation he said during this little tantrum, but that would take forever. That rant is nothing more than a collection of right-wing talking points that are either completely wrong, highly misleading or contextually inaccurate. Sean Hannity is the epitome of a right-wing, propagandist hack. It wouldn’t be that big of a deal except he’s featured on a major cable news network during a key primetime slot. It’s not as if he’s some random blogger or radio personality. This is someone who’s a main fixture five times a week on our country’s most-watched major cable news channel, who’s nothing more than a conspiracy-pushing idiot and is largely responsible for the rise of someone like Donald Trump.
Now that he’s being forced to deal with the ramifications of years of pushing propaganda, and some on “his side” have refused to sell their souls out to support Trump, he doesn’t seem to be enjoying it too much.
While he says he’s going to blame these other Republicans if Clinton wins, he really should blame himself. It’s liars like Sean Hannity who’ve spent years misleading Americans (just like many of the people who he says he’s going to “blame for Hillary Clinton”) who are responsible for creating the environment that ultimately led to a clown like Donald Trump becoming the GOP’s presidential candidate.